June 22, 2017
All of the teams were well rested for the key quarterfinal games in Prague, with winners securing places in next summer’s global tournament in Spain. Belgium had a great start, but let Italy climb back into the game before pulling away for a 79-66 win and their biggest margin of the tournament so far. Emma Meesseman paced the victors while Cecilia Zandalasini continues to be the breakout player for Italy. Evanthia Maltsi fueled Greece to another second half surge, this time not letting up to roll to an 84-55 win over Turkey. Spain took an early lead on Latvia behind Alba Torrens and never looked back in a 67-47 win. France also closed the door early on an upset-minded opponent, rolling past the Slovak Republic 67-40.
The games on Saturday will now be of great importance as teams get another day of rest. The semifinals will obviously determine who will play for the championship, but the other two games are also critical. The two winners will take the final places from Europe in the next World Championship, joining the quarterfinal winners and the United States. Unavailable players could affect the Latvia-Italy game while Turkey should be the most motivated to bounce back from a loss as the only group winner to fail to advance, making it a tough task for the Slovak Republic.
Belgium vs. Italy 79-66 BEL Meesseeman 28/11r K. Mestdagh 19/8a Wauters 17 Vanloo 6 Nauwelaers 3 Delaere 2 Carpreaux 2 Linskens 2 Raman 0 H. Mestdagh 0 Hendrickx 0 Geldof DNP ITA Zandalasini 23/8r Sottana 17 Ress 9/7r Crippa 6 Penna 5 Gorini 4 Formica 2 Dotto 0 Cinili 0 De Pretto 0 Masciadri 0
Turkey vs. Greece 55-84 TUR Hollingsworth 15/10r Cakir Turgut 11 Alben 10 Caglar 6 Koksal 6 Canitez 3 Bilgic 2 Senyurek 1 Cora 1 Vardarli Demirmen 0 Ivegin Uner 0 Ural DNP GRE Maltsi 25/10r Spanou 11 Kaltsidou 10/6r/6a Christinaki 9 Lymoura 7/7r/10a Fassoula 6 Stamolamprou 6 Nikolopoulou 4 Spyridopoulou 3 Sotiriou 3 Kosma 0 Stamati 0
Spain vs. Latvia 67-47 ESP Torrens 20/9r Xargay 16 Lyttle 8 Cruz 8 Palau 7 Nicholls 4/6r Dominguez 4 Gil 0/9r Rodriguez DNP Romero DNP Conde DNP Sanchez DNP LAT Putnina 15 Vitola 15 Steinberga 11/10r Krastina 3 Jakobsone 3 Brumermane 0 Basko-Melnbarde 0 Laksa 0 Kreslina 0 Strautmane DNP Babkina DNP Dreimane DNP
France vs. Slovak Republic 67-40 FRA Ayayi 13 Johannes 12 Miyem 9 Dumerc 6/8r Amant 6 Chartereau 6 Epoupa 5 Tchatchouang 3 Michel 3 Skrela 3 Ciak 1 Minte 0 SVK Balintova 13 Orozsova 6/8r Jurcenkova 5/7r Vynuchalova 5 Ruzickova 4/6r Dudasova 3 Mikulasikova 2/6r Remenarova 2 Zirkova 0 Slamova 0 Kovacikova 0
Brackets (Saturday game times local, six hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time):
Spain vs. Belgium (6:00pm) and Greece vs. France (8:30pm)
Latvia vs. Italy (12:30pm) and Turkey vs. Slovak Republic (3:00pm)